Summer camp is as american as apple pie and the star spangled banner. Those of us who attended summer camp in our youth enjoyed swimming, sing-a-longs, bounce houses, boating, and a lot of other fun activities. Now imagine if you grew up with an illness that prevented you from going to camp and enjoying all of those things. We imagined it and then we founded Camp Amerikids.
Camp Amerikids is our first and longest running program. Camp Amerikids is a free summer camp for youth between 8 and 16 who are affected by HIV/AIDS and sickle cell. We help youth who might not normally be able to attend camp because of medical concerns and for one week in August we give them…well, camp.
Camp Amerikids is your average american summer camp with an added advantage:
- There is a comprehensive medical team living at camp available at all times to help our campers.
- Oh ya, and it is free!
Our medical staff allows youth living with sickle cell and HIV/AIDS to have a great time at camp while their families know their health and well-being are monitored and a top priority.
In addition to our medical staff we have a Wellness Team overseen by a mental health professional who is on site at all times. There is one child specialist with each age group to assist counselors and staff members in managing any challenges associated with living in a new environment.
Besides daily lessons in film, spoken word poetry, drama, sports, and more we have a slew of special events. Luaus? Pssh, we got em. Carnivals? Of course. Campfires and s’mores? D.A.I.L.Y.
If you are affected or infected with HIV/AIDS or sickle cell and between the ages of 8-16 and want to be a camper then come join our family!
If you want to volunteer with us then join our family too! Go here for more information on volunteering at camp and with our other programs.
We serve youth living in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey with free transportation to our camp located in Warwick, NY at URJ Kutz Camp.